Sowah Mensah percussion

The UVM Percussion Ensemble was founded in 1983 to introduce students to both the standard literature and the improvisational tradition of percussion instruments.


Percussion Ensemble is open to students of all majors at UVM. Emphasis is placed on the art of ensemble playing: listening and responding to ideas of balance, accompaniment, etc. The ensemble presents at least two concerts per year, and occasionally performs off-campus at public schools, colleges, and professional meetings. The repertoire is chosen from the standard literature as well as improvisatory tradition of percussion music.


Students are expected to prepare a short excerpt, etude, or solo on snare drum, mallets, and/or timpani that reflect the level and experience the student has in each area.  Students are welcome to use the audition material for the UVM Band, or something they have played in the past.  Please e-mail Prof. Toner if you have any questions.

2018-19 Concert Schedule

Fall Concert - Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 - 7:30 p.m., Southwick Ballroom (Rm. 301)
Septet (1975) - Dennis Griffin
   Flamenco! (1998) - Murray Houliff
   Fugue (1962) - Anthony Cirone
   Bawa - arr. Sowah Mensah
   Sextet (1955) - Donovan Olson
   Sleep (2000) - Eric Whitacre/arr. Duinker & Morphy
   Dimensions II (1994) - Elliott Del Borgo
   La Bamba - arr. William Cahn

Spring Concert - Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 7:30 pm, Southwick Ballroom (Rm. 301)
Program TBA


D. Thomas Toner

Percussion Ensemble (MU 129) meets on Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00.